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Translation Journal Update | December 5, 2014


Here’s what you will find in this week’s Translation Journal email update:

  1. Thanksgiving Gratitude
  2. Fire Ants and Worker Bee
  3. Call for Submissions for the January 2015 edition of the Translation Journal
  4. Plucked from the Web: The Amazing Brains of Simultaneous Interpreters

1. Thanksgiving Gratitude

This week we celebrated Thanksgiving in the USA. Most people living outside of the USA know about Thanksgiving as a day in which families and friends gather to consume way too much turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie before relaxing for hours in front of the TV watching football, with the day often ending in a bitter fight among drunken family and friends. All kidding aside, while that scene sometimes plays out, it usually only occurs after we have shared with each other what we are thankful for. For more on this article click here.

2. Dear Fire Ant & Worker Bee written by Chris Durban

I am fortunate enough to belong to a small informal group whose members include some of the most high-profile translators and interpreters in Norway and also undoubtedly some of the best. Not all are prospering to the same degree, however.

Things have changed dramatically since public-sector Norway has been required to put all major contracts out to tender – including translation. We are now competing with the whole EU + EEA, on quality but more importantly on price. Some government agencies state blatantly that price is their sole concern. As a rule they want a package deal – normally translation to and from Norwegian, and sometimes one or more other languages as well. Click here to read more.

3. Call for Submissions for the January 2015 edition of the Translation Journal.

The next edition of the Translation Journal is scheduled to be live online early in the month of January, 2015. Yes, 2015 is just around the corner. Please consider submitting your articles for publication. Previous authors have benefited by having clients directly contact them for work, securing speaking engagements and receiving recognition from their colleagues. Please don’t delay in sending your article to Deadline for the January edition is 20th December, 2014.

4. Plucked from the Web: The Amazing Brains of Simultaneous Interpreters

We posted a link to this article on the Translation Journal Facebook page. This fascinating article on neuroscience research attempts to explain the remarkable and amazing brains of simultaneous interpreters. Understanding the process of simultaneous interpretation has been a struggle for neuroscientists. Read about the experiences of a handful of neuroscientists as they undertake this wonderful challenge. Here is link to the article.

Have a wonderful week!

Karen Hodgson

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